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The '''Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)''' is a private, nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was founded by the Minnesota Territory|territorial Minnesota Legislature|legislature in 1849, almost a decade before History of Minnesota#Statehood|statehood. The Society is named in the Minnesota Constitution. It is headquartered in the Minnesota History Center in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul. MNHS currently holds a collection of nearly 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, 225,000 historical artifacts, 950,000 archaeological items, of manuscripts, of government records, 5,500 paintings, prints and drawings; and 1,300 moving image items.
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